Last week, we had a very important visitor who joined us for Sunday lunch. It was none other than the Mhinisteir’s big boss!
It is always a delight when the big boss comes to our humble abode but I was nervous because even though I consider myself a competent cook, I was out of practice. For health reasons (mine), we rarely entertain people at the vicarage. Gone are the days when we would have two dining tables full of people most Sundays for lunch. These days on the rare occasions when we do entertain, the guests number is kept to a maximum of two.
I knew months in advance that the big boss was coming to the vicarage for Sunday lunch so that gave me plenty of time to prepare for his visit. I had planned the menu and kept it simple. The dishes that I had chosen also meant that I could prepare in advance which was just as well because I was not having a good week prior to the big boss’s visit.
On that Sunday, we went to church as usual but it was the big boss who presided and preached at the service. After that we headed home for our lunch. I served some canapes with Pimms while my “Hogmanay” chicken was cooking away in the oven. Just that it wasnt “cooking away” as I had forgotten to turn on the oven! Thankfully I discovered it before it was too late. Big boss had to leave quite sharpish for another engagement so I was super relieved when the chicken was finally cooked. In case you are interested, Hogmanay chicken is chicken supreme stuffed with prunes, onions, garlic, ground almond and wrapped in bacon something that I used to serve on Hogmanay when we lived in Scotland.
For pudding, I had prepared chocolate fudge cake and fruit salad, both with either cream or ice cream, Big boss went for the fruit salad with cream. He was quite impressed with my melon balls! I had also made real Scottish shortbread to go with coffee/tea.
According to the Mhinisteir, Sunday lunch was a resounding success as the big boss went away happy. Phew! I am still recovering from it but I am chuffed that I haven’t lost my hosting skills.